News & Announcements
The fourth annual Spotlight on the Arts festival at the University of Georgia will place a bounty of UGA's arts offerings on display this November, with 10 days filled with art gallery and library tours, a Shakespeare symposium, book talks and sales, and evenings replete with opera, theater, music and dance.
Today, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia renamed Georgia Regents University as Augusta University.
The University of Georgia will host a regional scientific conference for faculty, students, residents and fellows that focuses on the latest advances in translational research for improving human health. The sixth annual Southern Translational Education and Research (STaR) Conference will take place September 24-25, 2015 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on the UGA Campus. This conference is sponsored by numerous partners at UGA and Augusta University (AU), including the UGA College of Pharmacy, the Medical College of Georgia Center for Pharmacy and Experimental Therapeutics, the AU Vice President for Research, the AU/UGA Medical Partnership, the UGA Center for Drug Discovery, and the UGA Health Sciences Institute.
Microbiology researchers at the University of Georgia studying a soil bacterium have identified a potential mechanism for neurodegenerative diseases. A role for the protein HSD10 had been suspected in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, but no direct connection had previously been established. This new breakthrough suggests that HSD10 reduces oxidative stress, promotes cell repair and prevents cellular death.
Seth Jelinek, M.D., an internal medicine physician from Austin, Texas, has joined the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership and St. Mary’s Health Care System as the Internal Medicine Residency Program assistant director for ambulatory and outpatient education.
Just like attempts at influencing hairstyles or clothing can backfire, adults who try to guilt middle-schoolers into exercising won’t get them to be any more active, according to a new study by University of Georgia researchers. The study, which appears in the September issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found students who don’t feel in control of their exercise choices or who feel pressured by adults to be more active typically aren’t. Middle-schoolers who feel they can make their own decisions about exercising are more likely to see themselves as a person who exercises, which in turn makes them more likely to exercise. This age is a critical juncture in a child’s life, as kids typically decrease their activity levels by 50 percent between fifth and sixth grades, said Rod Dishman, the study’s lead author and a professor of kinesiology in the UGA College of Education.
The University of Georgia has received a five-year, $2.99 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an interdisciplinary graduate training program in disease ecology. Led by Vanessa Ezenwa, associate professor in the OdumSchool of Ecology and College of Veterinary Medicine’s department of infectious diseases, the program will provide students with the skills to solve complex problems in an increasingly high priority field—and, in the process, transform the way graduate students are educated at UGA and beyond. The grant is part of the new NSF Research Traineeship program, which was established to support innovative—and transferable—models for interdisciplinary graduate education in the areas of science, engineering and math, with a focus on critical research needs.
Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research from the University of Georgia indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits.
The University of Georgia Terry College of Business has broadened its Full-Time MBA offerings to include new concentrations in health care and human resource management, a new area of emphasis in consulting, and a completely redesigned leadership program. The Full-Time MBA Program also continues to build relationships with other colleges on campus, through a number of dual degree opportunities for students: a JD/MBA or LLM/MBA in cooperation with the LawSchool, an MBA/MPH in partnership with the College of Public Health, and anMD/MBA option in conjunction with the Georgia Regents University/UGA Medical Partnership.
Two proteins that share the ability to help cells deal with their trash appear to need each other to do their jobs and when they don’t connect, it appears to contribute to development of Parkinson’s disease, scientists report. Much like a community’s network for garbage handling, cells also have garbage sites called lysosomes, where proteins, which are functioning badly because of age or other reasons, go for degradation and potential recycling, said Dr. Wen-Cheng Xiong, developmental neurobiologist and Weiss Research Professor at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.